Our Masters program has a very diverse student body, though the students share a strong analytical background. Students with analytically oriented undergraduate degrees in the sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities have completed our Masters successfully and received the MS in Public Policy. Therefore, we encourage applicants who have completed a BS degree or equivalent in any field and have an interest in the public policy emphases of our school to apply.
The School of Public Policy reviews applications for the Masters program twice per year. The spring application deadline is October 31st, fall priority deadline is February 15th, and fall space available deadline is June 15.
Candidates for admission must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The School of Public Policy will not waive the GRE score for any other exam or accept scores that are over five years old. In addition, international students must provide an official TOEFL score of at least 100 or an official score of 7 on the IELTS test. At this time, we accept no other English language proficiency tests.
The required minimum total score on the exams are:
- The internet-based TOEFL exam = 100, with minimum section scores of 19 or higher on each skill area
- The paper-based TOEFL exam = 577
- IELTS exam - Overall score minimum of 7; with minimum section scores for reading 6.5, listening 6.5, speaking 6.5 and writing 5.5
More information on English language requirements is available on the Georgia Tech Graduate Admissions website.
An introductory statistics course is a prerequisite for coursework in the master’s degree.
The admissions standards are rigorous. It takes into account all the documents in the application that are relevant to the academic potential of the candidate. College grades, GRE scores, references, previous experience and statement of interest are assessed together to determine the quality of the case for admission.
The fall 2019 cohort had an acceptance rate of 67.4%.
Applications are electronic and are handled through the Georgia Tech Graduate Admissions System. Items required for admission (in addition to test scores) are the completed application with essay questions, application fee, official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation.
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